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Secrets of State by Matthew Palmer

SECRETS OF STATE Author: Matthew Palmer Publisher: Putnam Format: Paperback, 448 pages Genre: Thriller Back Cover Blurb A former top expert at the State Department, Sam Trainor was forced out of the Washington establishment and into the private sector, working as an analyst for a consulting firm. As he struggles to adjust to a corporate, profit-driven version of the work that had been his life, he stumbles across an intelligence anomaly—the transcript of a phone conversation about upending the delicate political balance keeping India and Pakistan from all-out-war. Yet Sam knows that conversation can’t have occurred—because he is having an affair with one of the alleged participants, and they were together at the time of the call. As he digs into the source of this misinformation, he realises there is more at stake than just bad intel. Someone is deliberately twisting the intelligence to stoke the simmering conflict between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed rivals that have already fought multiple wars. And Sam’s new employer could be at the centre of it.

Cold Storage by David Koepp

COLD STORAGE Author: David Koepp Publisher: Ecco Books Format: Paperback, 308 pages Genre: Thriller Back Cover Blurb When Pentagon bio-terror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards—one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. All they have is luck, fearlessness, and a mordant sense of humour. Will that be enough to save all of humanity?

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey

THE DARK LAKE Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Format: Paperback, 395 pages Genre: Mystery | Suspense Back Cover Blurb The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind’s student years and then again when she returned to teach drama. As much as Rosalind’s life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town’s richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her? Rosalind’s enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not …

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Author: June Hur Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Format: Paperback, 352 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Back Cover Blurb 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly. What I Thought I truly had high hopes for this debut novel from author, June Hur, given its subject material, late 18th to early 19th century Korea, in a period of scandal and turmoil. Catholic priests were risking life and limb to infiltrate …

Blinded by the Light by Morgan Hunt

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Author: Morgan Hunt Publisher: Alyson Books Format: paperback, 211 pages Genre: Murder-Mystery Back Cover Blurb When Tess’ work takes her to Albuquerque for a temp assignment, she decides to visit the Lightning Field, an earthworks art piece constructed of 400 lightning rods arranged in an intriguing way out in the New Mexican desert. The remote locale is disrupted when a fellow visitor is apparently killed by lightning. Tess knows it was no accident, and how she solves this crime is quite a shocker! What I Thought One of the most important things I’ve taken away from reading Morgan Hunt’s Tess Camillo trilogy of books is, do not take anything for granted. Nothing. And that everything can often be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t waste it, as you may never get another chance. That’s just how Hunt’s eloquently, light-hearted, wryly and deftly written prose gets you.  Morgan Hunt dearly loves words as I love words, and it shows in every wonderfully crafted sentence she writes. Not only does Hunt know how to …